Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale. Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse. This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on unproven allegations at sentencing. Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man with much to contribute. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has tutored, led classes, and generally helped fellow inmates. Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to give to his community and society as a whole. Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross Ulbricht here.
Petition to Marc Benioff, Jim Campbell, JRR Tolkein, Ben Rattray, Stephen Colbert
Turn Salesforce Tower into Eye Of Sauron on Halloween night
Dear San Francisco, We believe in the power of the internet as a gathering place for people to share ideas and affect real world change. Our goal is to create a breath of creatively fresh air amid an otherwise barren political landscape. Salesforce (or Boston Properties) has raised the highest flag in San Francisco, itself a beautiful piece of innovation, on which we mostly experience very pedestrian content. Often traffic, seagulls, and sometimes literal pedestrians. We invite the organization who has redefined the San Francisco skyline and, in the process, contributed to small and large business worldwide, to stand not only as a beacon for capitalist pursuit but to tip their hat to the people, culture, and community of this great city. A city built on creativity, exploration, and burning self-expression. We invite the organization to fly a flag for all who dare to dream, uniting the districts, strengthening the ties, and fortifying the bridges by lighting an LED fire atop this sanctuary city. In the process embracing a fun, artistic, and timely show of creativity that the whole city can enjoy - for one night only. It has been said that bonds are formed through shared experiences, the strongest of which are forged in fire. We ask of you to help us unite the city, and raise the torch on Halloween night as one community, together. Oakland can come, too. -The Fellowship #eyeofsf
Petition to Philippine Government
We Support Solar Para Sa Bayan in Bringing Cheap, Clean, Reliable Power in the Philippines
Solar Para Sa Bayan is a social enterprise on a mission to bring cheap, clean, reliable 24/7 power across the Philippines, by constructing Solar-Battery Minigrids at zero cost to government. This year, over 500,000 Filipinos will benefit from projects in Mindoro, Palawan, Masbate, Batangas, Quezon, Aurora, Cagayan, Isabela, Negros, Misamis, Davao, and other areas that want better service. Electric utilities wrongly claim that current laws give them exclusivity in their franchise areas, so government must craft new laws and policies that clearly allow companies like Solar Para Sa Bayan to compete on a non-exclusive basis and give consumers an alternative choice. 12 Reasons To Support House Bill 8179 and the Establishment of Minigrids Across the Philippines 1) Overwhelming Public Support. A recent Pulse Asia survey indicates 82% of Filipinos favor new options for electric service providers, 60% are dissatisfied with electricity prices; and 89% favor increasing the use of renewable energy in the Philippines. 2) Lower Cost. Filipinos pay the highest rates in Asia, of Php 12-16/kWh in some areas. Solar is now the lowest cost in the Philippines, with rates even below Php 3/kWh (without batteries), but Filipinos are unable to benefit from this because of reliance on fossil fuels. 3) Reliable Service. Filipinos suffer blackouts from traditional utilities due to the use of poorly maintained and outdated technology, and the limits of centralized generation - Minigrids provide superior service. 4) Universal Access to 24/7 Service. Around 20 million Filipinos lack 24/7 electric service, despite billions spent since the National Electrification Administration was founded. Minigrids can serve areas others have been unwilling or unable to serve. 5) Zero Cost to Government. Solar Para Sa Bayan is the first company to operate on a private basis with zero government subsidies, versus traditional utilities who receive subsidies for diesel fuel and grid extension. 6) Clean Energy. Minigrids can utilize solar panels and battery storage to maximize the percentage sourced from renewable energy, to make the Philippines a global leader in clean energy while remaining lower cost than fossil fuel. 7) Resiliency & Security. Localized Minigrids dedicated for each town and using indigenous resources ensure our energy security and mitigate the risk of power interruptions. 8) Economic Development. Minigrid investments accelerate economic development, especially in rural areas, by creating employment in construction and operations and improving electric service to attract new industries and investments. 9) Improved Quality of Life. Affordable, reliable electricity enables students to study at night and use computers at school; hospitals to power equipment and refrigerate medicines; households to use appliances; and police to patrol lighted streets. 10) Encourage Other Minigrids. Granting franchises for Minigrids to operate independently of traditional utilities, and proving the viability of these pioneering projects, will encourage other companies to enter this market and apply for their own non-exclusive franchises. 11) Competition & Innovation. Minigrids not only benefit their direct consumers, but also inspire traditional utilities to improve service to all Filipinos; and accelerate the adoption of new technologies and best practices that all companies can learn from. 12) The Fastest Solution. Minigrids on average take less than 6 months to construct, a fraction of the years needed to construct centralized power plants and transmission lines. For more information: 5 provinces back microgrid projects of Solar Para sa Bayan DOE Secretary Cusi backs solar franchise bid House leader: Solar franchise will break monopoly in power sector For cheaper electricity Solar firm wants to end ‘complacency’ among electric co-ops ‘Solar Para Sa Bayan’ brings power to 12 remote towns in the country ‘No more blackouts’ in Mindoro town
Petition to Google, Inc
Demand Google make user data more secure
After a delayed announcement, Google told the world that their social media service, Google+, had been breached since 2015. A bug potentially allowed the data of nearly 500,000 Google+ users to be collected by third parties. Personal information at risk included users: birthdays, photos, names, occupations, and anything else you could imagine. Shortly after announcing that there was even a hack, they told the world that they would close Google+ services entirely. Google needs to create a company-wide data protection policy, that includes informing users of a hack sooner rather than later. While Google stated that the breach did not impact gmail accounts, or other services they provide; an internal memo at Google said that the company withheld and delayed a public announcement to ‘stay out of the spotlight’. Public image should not be a reason to hide what’s happening to user’s identities. Tell Google to implement transparency measures that would notify users of a breach within 72-hours. This isn’t the first time Google has been lax on security concerns. In September, Google failed to even show up at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on data privacy concerns. Opting instead to submit a short statement about how they are committed to privacy for their users. Back in 2012, Google had to pay out $22.5 million to users after misrepresenting privacy assurances for iPhone Safari browser users, affecting 4.4 million people. In all, Google has already paid $39.5 million in damages involving data breaches in the United States. Google users shouldn’t have to wait years to even find out if they may be affected by a data breach; or sue for compensation after having their identities stolen. People’s digital lives and identities hang in the balance. Google users deserve better accountability and transparency on how their data is used, and if their personal information is being protected by company privacy measures. Tell Google to stop providing lip-service on this issue, implement common sense data breach transparency and security measures.
Petition to FCC, Congress, Congress
Save Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content. Net Neutrality will take control of major websites and companies such as Nexflix, Hulu, and other popular companies. By signing this petition, you will help millions of protestors prevent Net Neutrality from taking over our internet.
Petition to US State Department
Ban Downloadable Guns and Plastic Guns
On July 31st, a United States Federal Judge blocked Cody Wilson and his organization, Defense Distributed from releasing their 3D printed gun blueprints. However, the judge did provide Wilson with other options, such as mailing USB drives with the information on them. In addition, Defense Distributed illegally released the blueprints to the public, days before they were scheduled to be granted permission. 3D printed guns are dangerous because they can be made on demand and can bypass security checkpoints undetected. Also, they have no serial number making the guns untraceable. Kids, felons, terrorists, abusers and mentally ill people could all get their hands on an unlimited amount of guns, without a single background check. Safe Nation demands that a bill is passed, stating that all gun blueprints are illegal to be sold in the United States. If you agree, take a minute to sign the petition because every signature counts! Safe Nation is a student led organization fighting to end gun violence. It was founded in July, 2018 and has been fighting for gun violence ever since. Text @GUNFREE to 810-10 to subscribe to text message updates! REGISTER TO VOTE! Text @FUTURE to 644-33! Follow our social media channels to support us and to help campaign!@oursafenation on Instagram and Twitter Visit our website! www.oursafenation.org Some users have issues signing this petition. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support, or go to www.oursafenation.org/contact *PLEASE READ UPDATES BELOW FOR CURRENT NEWS AND GOALS*